"IT Lab" is Born From the Alliance Between MIPEL and LINEAPELLE

Unity is strength. In this case, the union makes the supply chain. MIPEL and Lineapelle launch IT Lab, the leather sourcing club, a new exhibition project presented yesterday at Fieramilano Rho which will start next September and will take place from 23 to 25 September simultaneously with Lineapelle and in conjunction with the last day of MIPEL.

The IT Lab club aims to become the reference point for sourcing exclusively "Made in Italy", a link between manufacturing companies, brands and designers.

“IT Lab is configured as a club of Italian companies specializing in leather goods - explains Franco Gabbrielli, president of ASSOPELLETTIERI - and which essentially produce for big brands. The project collects the real need of the supply chain to join forces. We are studying it to make sure that these companies can make contact with high-level customers, but also with premium ones. The companies we sensitized to the project - continues Gabbrielli - responded with great interest. The IT Lab club must be made up of a select group of producers; they will be very beautiful companies, but to be present they will have to offer precise guarantees, we will be very strict on the selection".

The new trade fair format of ASSOPELLETTIERI was born thanks to the precious collaboration with UNIC and Lineapelle who immediately responded to the call of the President Gabbrielli perceiving the added value that the new format can generate for the entire supply chain.

“Lineapelle has given us an opportunity. All this can happen thanks to them", explains Gabbrielli. Union of intent and fair synergy that Fulvia Bacchi, CEO of Lineapelle, underlines by explaining that “Lineapelle has immediately joined the IT Lab project and will be alongside MIPEL for everything related to organization, logistics and appearance promotional. About 40/41% of Lineapelle's visitors and visiting companies come from the leather sector. We thank MIPEL for this opportunity that allows Lineapelle to enrich itself with another segment, accentuating its centrality for the whole world leather area".

The IT Lab club therefore intends to become the reference point for sourcing with the intention of enhancing and emphasizing the increasingly important role of what were once defined as subcontractors. "Today, however, they are much more -comments Danny D’Alessandro, general manager of ASSOPELLETTIERI - they are exponents of a sector that combines high craftsmanship and technology. A world that, however, often works with too few customers. Many of these companies work with one or two large customers, with a very high business risk. IT Lab thus becomes a place where big brands and small designers can find who produces samples and collections. After all, the market goes in a specific direction: the production demand for the brands”.


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